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Pentagon warns military not to use DNA test kits

Posted on Thursday, 26 December, 2019 | Comment icon 35 comments

Are DNA test kits really a security risk ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Nogas1974
Government officials have warned that companies may 'exploit genetic materials for questionable purposes'.
DNA testing kits have been gaining in popularity over the last few years with record numbers of people seeking to learn more about their ancestry by submitting samples of their DNA for analysis.

So far it is estimated that as many as 26 million people may have used the kits.

Now however, officials at the Pentagon have instructed members of the US military not to use them due to concerns over unscrupulous third parties gaining access to the genetic information.

"[These kits] have varying levels of validity, and many are not reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration before they are offered," senior officials wrote in a memo issued on Friday.
"Moreover, there is increased concern in the scientific community that outside parties are exploiting the use of genetic materials for questionable purposes, including mass surveillance and the ability to track individuals without their authorization or awareness."

"Exposing sensitive genetic information to outside parties poses personal and operational risks to Service members. These genetic tests are largely unregulated and could expose personal and genetic information, and potentially create unintended security consequences and increased risk to the joint force and mission."

The warning is likely to prove a blow both to those who may have received a DNA test kit for Christmas and to the companies that produce and sell the kits to the public.

As things stand, it remains unclear whether these kits have already been causing problems for members of the military or if the warning is merely precautionary in nature.

Source: Independent | Comments (35)

Tags: DNA

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #26 Posted by Gromdor on 29 December, 2019, 7:23
Like this:
Comment icon #27 Posted by Habitat on 29 December, 2019, 7:33
Thanks, I would say that the bigger companies would be committing business suicide by complying with such orders, they would have to challenge such decisions in higher courts. 
Comment icon #28 Posted by Raptor Witness on 30 December, 2019, 21:52
When the graves at Arlington were indeed shaken on 8-23-2011, as forecast here on 2-18-2011,  all that DNA was still in the ground, just laying there, for all to see. Perhaps we should exume some of them?   Puzzling, isn't it? I mean, what are the odds, gentlemen? After all, it's not every year we see those graves shaken, much less, the Washington Monument damaged so severely ..... Published February 21, 2011
Comment icon #29 Posted by rashore on 30 December, 2019, 22:29
No, we shouldn't exhume dead soldiers, that's beyond ghoulish. We shouldn't consider exhuming any of the millions of people in thousands of cemeteries that may have experienced a quake or have military buried there just because you got a thing about UFO's could cause a zombie apocalypse. Wretched enough when you get your glee on when people are potentially in danger or actually coming to harm because of hurricanes or other disasters- that sickness sure does not need to extend to dishonoring the fallen fighters and desecrating their graves. So please, just stop with this off topic commentary. D... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Rlyeh on 2 January, 2020, 8:19
How much praying prevents you hitting the ground?   You can't even show us a coherent post.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Rlyeh on 2 January, 2020, 8:27
Does it really need to be explained why you're not even close?  You're another charlatan with fake predictions.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Desertrat56 on 2 January, 2020, 15:29
You assume "the humanist" fears death as much as you do.  I suspect that most humanists accept death, that is why they are humanists, unlike the religious who fear it to the extent of needing a fantasy afterlife, and even then pray for salvation from physical death when it seems imminent, rather than accepting that it is time to see if their fantasy is real.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Raptor Witness on 8 March, 2020, 4:05
  As is typical, and as I forecast, the Pentagon was worried about everything but the correct kind of testing. Their lack of foresight, is astonishing. Now the “founder of our DNA” has prepared an “army,” which they have no military power over. Mercy to anyone who voted in the Democratic primary in SC, or who was there in spirit in 2020. This is only the beginning of sorrows, for my nation. 
Comment icon #34 Posted by Raptor Witness on 23 March, 2020, 4:19
Curious, how a “fantasy enemy,” has somehow managed to appear. The Resurrection story is similar to the story of king Arthur.  Soldiers in the US military, need not fear home DNA test kits. As I explained above, the real danger was something else, entirely.  
Comment icon #35 Posted by Rlyeh on 28 March, 2020, 14:24
Yeah, both fiction.

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